31 cherry recipes
Make the most of this sharply sweet fruit in our dessert recipes, from classic bakewell tart to sugar-crusted cherry pie and cherry blondies
Looking for fresh cherry recipes? Want the best cherry desserts? Try our ideas below then check out our strawberry recipes. Also watch our video on how to destone cherries with chopsticks. Plus, read our glossary entry on what is kirsch to find out more about this cherry liqueur.
We have plenty of sweet, juicy recipes using cherries. We enjoy adding their tart flavour to pies, trifle, blondies, crumble and cakes. Not to mention, the tangy notes of pickled cherries work wonderfully in salads and with cured meats.
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Why we love cherries?
Cherries are small, deep red stone fruits which are sweet and slightly tart in flavour. They have a short season from June to July, making them a prized addition to sweet and savoury recipes. However, they can preserved or pickled to enjoy all year round. No cherry pitter, no problem. Put a small metal piping nozzle on a board, press the cherry on top slowly and the pip will pop out of the top.
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Health benefits of cherries
Cherries are known for their protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They're also high in polyphenols – natural plant compounds which may be beneficial for managing blood sugar levels. It's believed that cherry juice may also help with recovery after exercise.
Easy cherry recipes
This quintessential British pud makes the most of seasonal berries. Enjoy cut into thick wedges, with plenty of whipped cream on the side.
Dark chocolate and a quick homemade cherry jam come together in this rich dessert that can be made ahead and cooked from frozen. Serve for a dinner party with whipped cream for extra indulgence.
Enjoy your favourite fruits all year round with our easy jam recipes.
Cherries help take these blondies to the next level with the classic flavours and ingredients of a bakewell tart. Cut into squares and pack for a picnic, or enjoy for afternoon tea.
If you like white chocolate, then you'll love our wonderful white chocolate recipes.
Cherries are macerated in kirsch or brandy in this baked French dessert that’s dusted with icing sugar and served warm straight from the dish. When cherries are in season, this is a fabulous way to enjoy them.
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Cherries simmered with orange zest, homemade labneh, sweet brioche and pomegranate sauce on top... this is our ultimate summer pudding.
We have lots more summer desserts for you to get stuck into.
Pickled cherries provide plenty of of tangy, summery flavours – a great way to savour this summer fruit right through to autumn.
For more fresh and crunchy recipes like this, have a look at our top summer salads.
You can use fresh or frozen cherries to make this classic pie – combine with kirsch-soaked cherries from a jar to take the filling to the next level. Don't forget the vanilla ice cream or large dollop of whipped cream.
We also have a zesty lemon meringue pie to take your fancy.
Sweet, juicy cherries and vanilla custard ice cream, perfect for cooling off on a warm day. Seriously simple to prepare and no need for an ice cream maker. How can you resist?
Check out more of our impressive ice cream ideas.
Dazzle your guests with the perfect Christmas day dessert – layers of vanilla-flecked custard cream, sherry-soaked sponge, toasted almonds and irresistible sour cherries.
Check out our almond galettes with whole black cherries and cherry jam for extra sweetness. These mini tarts are made easy with ready-made puff pastry and a simple homemade almond frangipane. They're guaranteed to delight your lunch or dinner party guests.
We love bakewell tart in all forms. Here, we've added juicy cherries and topped with crunchy desiccated coconut. The individual slices are perfect with an afternoon cuppa.
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Try our black cherry granita, it's a perfect summer palate cleanser. This recipe is super quick and easy to make, and it's great for a big crowd.
If granita is your thing, we also have a fabulous limoncello recipe to try.
Our love for bakewell continues, here with a rustic galette that's even easier to make than a classic tart. Pistachios add a vivid green colour and richness to the traditional almond and cherry filling.
Next up, our lemon and pistachio bakewell tart.
This easy idea for trifle uses ready-made brownies and cornflake cakes, with cherries and blueberries. Topped with custard, cream and chocolate – what's not to love? An ideal dessert for a summer dinner party.
If you're feeding a crowd, have a look at our individual dessert ideas.
Lamingtons, originally from Australia, make a delicious teatime treat. Mini cakes, decorated in cherry jam and desiccated coconut, topped with a fresh cherry.
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This recipe for goat's curd, pickled cherry and pecan toasts makes a great, simple veggie snack or light lunch for a hot day.
We've got plenty more toast topper ideas to keep you going.
Black forest brownies combine two of our favourite sweet treats. This brownie/black forest gâteau mash-up is boozy, cherry-studded, chocolatey heaven. Add a big dollop of kirsch-spiked cream, if you like.
Get baking with our best brownie ideas.
Take ready-made meringues, dunk in melted chocolate and top with fresh cherries and you've got yourself a quick, easy and indulgent dessert.
You'll also love this speedy Eton mess.
This recipe for upside-down cherry rose cake with clotted cream is truly the taste of summer. It looks impressive, too, so friends and family are sure to enjoy it.
For another fragrant dessert, try our chocolate gâteau with raspberry and rose.
These chocolate, cherry and custard bars are divine. Mahlab, a popular Middle Eastern spice, adds hints of rose and vanilla. Perfect for afternoon tea.
For more seasonal recipes by Gurdeep Loyal, check out these asparagus and ricotta salata tartlets.
These individual pots of cherry deliciousness couldn't be simpler to make – the perfect baking project with kids. Flaked almonds add a nice crunch, too.
We have all the classic crumble recipes, and some new versions for you to enjoy.
Ready-made pastry keeps this white chocolate tart super easy, but it's still special enough to serve as part of a garden party spread.
Next, try our raspberry and white chocolate blondies.
This ingredients list may look lengthy but it’s all about building up the textures and flavours to make the moreish bar. Cherry jam and dried sour cherries add fruitiness.
This dark, indulgent chocolate cheesecake swirled with cherries in kirsch is a great showstopper for any occasion. Making the chocolate collar is really worth the effort for an extra special touch.
If you prefer something fresh and zesty, give our lime cheesecake a go.
A seasonal favourite - the soft cheese frosting contrasts beautifully with the tartness of the tinned cherries. Serve as part of a garden party or picnic spread.
For a grown-up treat, we also have some delightful black forest cupcakes.
When summer berry season is in full swing, make the most of it with this show-stopping cherry torte. Delicious and easy to make, this dessert is great for entertaining.
Host the ultimate dinner party with our effortless summer entertaining ideas.
Morello cherries in jars or tins make a great store cupboard ingredient so you can knock up these individual sweet pies at a moment's notice. The sugar topping gives a crunchy finish to the pastry.
We're big fans of pie, we also love citrus-spiked key lime pie.
This beautiful Christmas dessert uses the classic combination of chocolate and cherry but with a festive twist of a light chestnut cream.
If you're looking for Christmas ideas, have a look at our classic yule log.
Check out these indulgent chocolate tiffins with our favourite Christmas drink. Jarred maraschino cherries add a fruity sweetness, while edible glitter provides added bling.
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This trifle is an easy and stylish Christmas dessert to make during the festive season, or all year round. Ready in only 30 minutes, our white forest trifle will become a favourite in no time.
From classic English trifle to more adventurous combinations, we have plenty more trifle recipes to enjoy.